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The facts on immigration today

Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators, and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul. Although the U.S. border is now more secure than ever, decades of ever-increasing border and interior enforcement have exacerbated the dysfunction caused by rigid, out-of-date laws.... Read more»0

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Violence is causing children to flee Central America

Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have some of the highest levels of violence in Central America. These conditions are causing tens of thousands of children and families to take refuge in the United States and neighboring countries. ... Read more»0


The top 5 things the Senate immigration reform bill accomplishes

Today the Senate passed S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” with a strong bipartisan vote, 68-32. As amended in the Judiciary Committee and on the floor of the Senate, the bill is a strategic overhaul of our nation’s immigration laws.... Read more»0

What the public really thinks about guns

For years the conventional wisdom has said that “gun control” is a deeply polarizing and divisive issue and that support for stronger gun laws has been declining. In the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, however, a wealth of new data challenges this conventional wisdom.... Read more»2

Memorial Day

Honoring our heroes

We pause to reflect on the service of the brave men and women who left their homes and their families since the founding of this great nation to protect their country and advance the pursuit of security and prosperity the world over.... Read more»0

Why Obama's Iran strategy is the best way forward

Even though halting Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions is an urgent priority, there is time for a disciplined approach and a serious and determined effort to resolve the situation diplomatically.... Read more»0

Arizona v. United States

Experts weigh in on SB 1070 case

The words of experts — from legal scholars to advocates to elected officials — illustrate the devastating effects that SB 1070 and laws similar to it have had on the United States.... Read more»0

Arizona v. United States

3 reasons SB 1070 can't solve illegal immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments Wednesday on SB 1070, but laws like Arizona's will never fix our nation's broken immigration system. ... Read more»2

Arizona v. United States

What to expect if the Supreme Court upholds SB 1070

What would actually happen if the Supreme Court upholds the SB7070? Here's a list of unpalatable consequences.... Read more»0

Fossil fuels

Opinion: The implications of selling homegrown energy

Two overarching goals should guide our energy policies: achieving a significant reduction in emissions of global warming pollutants and moving as fast as we can toward a clean energy economy.... Read more»0


How far are we from making Dr. King’s dream a reality?

We will only realize Dr. King’s vision when every American has the chance to find a well-paying job, get health care when they get sick, and receive a quality education. The following numbers show how much work remains.... Read more»0

10 reasons Ala.'s immigration law is a disaster for state gov't

The unintended consequences of Alabama’s new immigration law reach deep into state and local government operations and will affect every citizen and resident of the state.... Read more»2

10 reasons why Ala.'s immigration law is bad for education

Alabama’s new immigration law is already profoundly affecting educational institutions, administrators, teachers and students in the state.... Read more»1

Veterans Day

Honoring our veterans: By the numbers

This by-the-numbers look at service members and veterans paints a picture of the many men and women who have served our country and the difficulties they face before, during, and after deployments, including combat stress injuries and trouble finding jobs and affordable housing.... Read more»0


Power of progressive economics: The Clinton years

President Bill Clinton’s economic strategy focused on policies that invested in people, innovation, and infrastructure—investments that strengthened communities and our middle class. By pairing that strategy with a smart fiscal approach, his administration and Congress during his two terms in office transformed a weak economy into a fundamentally strong one.... Read more»0

Tips for earth-friendly pet care

Keeping an animal around means more love from our furry (or scaly!) friends but also, most likely, more messes. Making sure you have the right supplies on hand helps keep Fido or Fluffy safe from toxic chemicals and helps protect the earth.... Read more»0

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